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Woman who gave President Trump the finger is fired by employer

On Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, President Trump was in a motorcade leaving the National Golf Club on the banks of the Potomac river, on the outskirts of Washington DC.

At 3:12 pm, the motorcade passed two female pedestrians, one of whom gave a thumbs-down sign. Then the motorcade passed a female cyclist in a white top and cycling helmet, who gave the President her middle finger. The motorcade slowed down and the cyclist caught up, still giving the finger, before turning off in a different direction. (The Guardian)

A White House photographer traveling in the motorcade took this picture of the cyclist, which went viral almost immediately.

As recounted by HuffPo, Nov. 6, 2017, late-night talk show hosts told jokes about the cyclist and people on social media began hailing the unidentified woman as a “she-ro,” using the hashtag #Her2020.

The woman’s name is Juli Briskman, a 50-year-old mother of two and a Democrat.

Briskman told HuffPo it was a gut reaction to flip President Trump off: “He was passing by and my blood just started to boil. I’m thinking, DACA recipients are getting kicked out. He pulled ads for open enrollment in Obamacare. Only one-third of Puerto Rico has power. I’m thinking, he’s at the damn golf course again. I flipped off the motorcade a number of time.”

Briskman is so proud of giving a sitting President of the United States the F-you finger gesture, she posted the pic as her profile pic on her Facebook page.

Since April 2017, Briskman had been working as a marketing specialist for Akima, LLC, a federal government contractor. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, Akima describes itself as “a holding company that supports a diverse portfolio of Federal and Commercial service providers.”

As her “finger” photo circulated online, Briskman decided to tell her employer’s HR department when she returned to work on Monday.

On Tuesday, her bosses called her into a meeting and fired her because she had violated the company’s social media policy by using the photo as her profile picture on Twitter and Facebook. Briskman said:

“They said, ‘We’re separating from you.’ Basically, you cannot have ‘lewd’ or ‘obscene’ things in your social media. So they were calling flipping him off ‘obscene.’”

Briskman said she emphasized to the executives that she wasn’t on the job when the incident happened and that her social media pages don’t mention her employer. They told her that because Akima is a government contractor, the photo could hurt their business.

Virginia is an employment-at-will state, which means employers can fire people anytime and for any reason. But Briskman said Akima LLC is being unfair because a male colleague kept his job after recently calling someone “a fucking Libtard asshole” on his Facebook page that featured Akima LLC as his cover photo. He was allowed to delete the post and keep his job.

Briskman bristles: “How is that any less ‘obscene’ than me flipping off the president? How is that fair?”

Despite getting fired, she said she has no regrets about the attention her public show of displeasure with Trump received. In fact, she said she’s happy to be an image of protest that resonates with many Americans: “In some ways, I’m doing better than ever. I’m angry about where our country is right now. I am appalled. This was an opportunity for me to say something.”

Briskman, a Democrat, said she plans to look for a new job with an advocacy group that she believes in, like Planned Parenthood or PETA.

Her LinkedIn page says she has been a Sunday School teacher for the Galilee United Methodist Church for nearly 12 years since April 2006. God help us.

The United Methodist Church is notoriously pro-abortion. See:

Update (Nov. 9. 2017):

An article on Medium claims Juli Briskman has received 453,673 job offers.

~Eowyn

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Claro que si: Brown signs bill making California a sanctuary state

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The death of Kate Steinle meant NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING to the demorats running California.

From Yahoo: California Gov. Jerry Brown signed sanctuary state legislation Thursday that extends protections for immigrants living in the United States illegally — a move that gives the nation’s most populous state another tool to fight President Donald Trump.

Brown’s signature means that police will be barred from asking people about their immigration status or participating in federal immigration enforcement activities starting Jan. 1. Jail officials only will be allowed to transfer inmates to federal immigration authorities if they have been convicted of certain crimes.

“These are uncertain times for undocumented illegal Californians and their families, and this bill strikes a balance that will protect public safety, while bringing a measure of comfort to those families who are now living in fear every day,” Brown said in statement.

It was one of several immigration-focused bills that Brown signed Thursday, which was also the final day for young immigrants to renew their permits under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that protects them from deportation. Trump intends to end the program if Congress doesn’t act on it.

California is home to an estimated 2.3 million immigrants without legal authorization.

The Trump administration said the sanctuary state bill will make California more dangerous. The state “has now codified a commitment to returning criminal aliens back onto our streets, which undermines public safety, national security, and law enforcement,” Devin O’Malley, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Justice, said in a statement.

The measure came in response to widespread fear in immigrant communities following Trump’s election. He railed against immigrants in his campaign and promised to sharply ramp up the deportation of people living in the U.S. illegally.

Democrats hope blocking police from cooperating will limit the reach of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

The bill “will put a large kink in Trump’s perverse and inhumane deportation machine,” Democratic Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon said at a press conference in Los Angeles celebrating the signing.

De Leon’s bill cleared the Legislature with support only from Democrats. Republicans said it will protect criminals and make it harder for law enforcement to keep people safe.

The bill, SB54, originally would have severely restricted the authority of police officers to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. At Brown’s insistence, it was scaled back to allow cooperation in jails.

Police and sheriff’s officials, including jail officers, will still be able to work with federal immigration authorities if a person has been convicted of one of about 800 crimes, mostly felonies and misdemeanors that can be charged as felonies. But they will be barred from transferring immigrants to federal authorities if their rap sheet includes only minor offenses.

The changes convinced the California police chiefs association to drop its opposition, while sheriffs — elected officials who run jails — remained opposed. ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan has condemned the measure, saying California is prioritizing politics over public safety.

California’s Democratic political leaders have enthusiastically battled Trump and his administration with lawsuits, legislation and fiery public rhetoric, particularly about immigration and the environment.

Among other things, the other bills signed Thursday by Brown will limit federal immigration authorities from entering schools and workplaces without warrants; prohibit landlords from reporting tenants to ICE; and stop local governments from contracting with for-profit companies and ICE to hold immigrants.

Some law enforcement officials say the impact of the sanctuary measure likely will be minimal because it bans immigration enforcement activities that few agencies participate in.

Immigrant rights advocates say it’s important to codify restrictions with the force of law while adding new ones. For them, it’s a rare victory during Trump’s presidency.

The measure was dubbed a sanctuary state bill because it sought to expand so-called sanctuary city policies that have long been in place in some of California’s biggest cities, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Brown, though, has resisted the label. In his signing statement, he noted the bill does not prohibit ICE from operating in California. “They are free to use their own considerable resources to enforce federal immigration law in California,” Brown wrote.

De Leon put it somewhat differently. “It won’t stop ICE from trolling our streets,” he said.

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ICE arrests nearly 450 illegal immigrants in sanctuary city raids

Number should be much higher but it’s a good start. Bonus: it upsets libtards.

From Fox News: As part of a massive illegal immigration sweep, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Thursday that officials this week arrested nearly 500 illegal immigrants living in sanctuary cities across the country.

The raid, referred to as “Operation ‘Safe City’” in a news release, spanned four days in cities through the U.S., and ended Wednesday.

Illegal immigrants with criminal charges or known gang-affiliations were targeted, the release said, noting that recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program were not.

In Philadelphia, 107 illegal immigrants were arrested, while 101 were arrested in Los Angeles and 45 people were arrested in New York.

The release noted that 18 of the 498 people arrested were gang members or have gang affiliations.

A Mexican illegal immigrant in Los Angeles who was arrested is a member of the Colonia Chiques gang, a group dubbed one of the “largest and deadliest gangs” in southern California’s Ventura County by the FBI.

That immigrant, who was found with a handgun, allegedly rammed a number of law enforcement vehicles in an attempt to escape from authorities.

Sanctuary cities — or cities that don’t cooperate with federal immigration policy — have become a heated topic as the Trump administration has pushed for a stronger crackdown on illegal immigration.

Even though ICE has said arrests of illegal immigrants are up 43 percent since this time last year, deportation numbers are down, according to The Washington Post.

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Libtard fantasies: Superman protects illegal aliens from white supremacist with a machine gun

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The super hero is now a full-blown SJW.

From Hollywood Reporter: In the recent issue of Action Comics #987, “The Oz Effect,” released Wednesday, Superman arrives in the nick of time to protect a group of undocumented immigrants illegal aliens from a white man sporting an American flag bandanna, wielding a machine gun, who is going to shoot them for taking his job.

Superman blocks the bullets before they hit the terrified people. “Stop this!” Superman orders the gunman.

“Why?!” he responds. “They ruined me! Stole from me!” 

Grabbing the gunman by the collar and pulling him in close, Superman says, “The only person responsible for the blackness smothering your soul — is you!” 

Police arrive, and Superman hands over the gunman and tells officers to make sure the victims are “safe and cared for.” An officer responds, “Anything you say, Superman!”

The moment comes just one week after President Donald Trump made the controversial announcement that he was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy put in place by former President Barack Obama. He then gave Congress a window to save the program.

Still, the decision was decried by politicians, civil groups and celebrities alike. Nearly 800,000 individuals, known as Dreamers, have received protection to stay in the country through the program.

In addition to the DACA announcement, Trump was also slammed for comments he made just a few weeks prior when he appeared to be defending a group of white nationalists holding a rally in Charlottesville, Va., at which one protester to the rally was killed and numerous others injured.

Action Comics #987 is by Dan Jurgens, Viktor Bogdanovic, Jonathan Glapion, Jay Leisten and Mike Spicer.

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Hollyweird is stuck on stupid: Gina Rodriguez’s “Dreamers” series hopes to rid America of the term “illegal”

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Why is following the law so hard for folks to understand? I hope this series bombs.

From LA Times: By all appearances, Rafael Agustin had been the all-American high school student: he was class president, prom king and an honor roll student. But there was one hitch: he was also in the country illegally.

It was a discovery Agustin learned while applying for college in 1998 — before there was a program like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

“I was in shock,” the Ecuador-born writer-performer recalled during a recent phone interview with The Times. “I knew I was an immigrant — I remember a time when I didn’t speak English. But I didn’t know we were undocumented illegal immigrants.”

Agustin, now a U.S. citizen who received his undergraduate and post-graduate degrees from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film & Television, has channeled that experience and created a series inspired by his life about an immigrant family, tentatively titled “Illegal.” The series is in development at the CW and is expected to be an hour-long dramedy that Agustin describes as an edgy Latino version of “The Wonder Years.”

The announcement came a day after the Trump administration’s decision to dismantle DACA, which has provided hundreds of thousands of young immigrants the ability to work legally in the U.S. and a temporary reprieve from deportation.

“Illegal” is one of two immigrant-related series that “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez has in development under an overall deal at CBS TV Studios for her I Can & I Will Productions. (The other, “Have Mercy,” is set up at CBS.)

LA Times interviewed these two and you can read the whole interview here.

The Times asked Gina, “What emotions were you feeling last Tuesday when it was announced Trump was dismantling the DACA program?”

Her response: “For me personally I was just devastated. My heart breaks for these young kids that are just trying. America just seems real brutal these days. Everything that I’ve grown up with and thought America stood for has just been destroyed by this administration time and time again. I’m just so afraid for young kids who fear not having anywhere to go. I just wish I could change it all, but I can’t.”

Hey Gina: If the kids really wanna try, have them go here.

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Feminists are insufferable: Libtard Sophia Bush hits out at cruel trolls for “ripping her apart” on social media

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Honey, if you’re gonna play on Twitter ya better wear your big girl pants.

From Daily Mail: Sophia Bush has hit out at cruel online trolls who ‘endlessly attack’ her on social media. The One Tree Hill star, 35, slammed  ‘groups of “fans”‘ who berate her lifestyle choices and said the the hurtful comments she is regularly subjected to leave her feeling ‘like s**t’.

Writing an impassioned post on Twitter on Wednesday, Sophia said: ‘Being alerted to groups of “fans” ripping your life, choices, and happiness apart in private chats feels like s*** y’all. Truly. More of her tweets:

  • Being endlessly attached by trolls and b****ed at for every single thing you do, also feels like s***. You can’t please everyone?
  • Well you sure can be ripped by everyone. Every day. Endlessly. You think I’m too private? That I owe you something? What does it need to,’ she wrote, before heading into another tweet.
  • be for kindness to be practice, and for something you don’t like to not get “A Beautiful Mind” level, INSANE plot and dissertation?
  • You don’t know me. You don’t know anyone that you don’t know personally, in fact. Remember that we’re all human. And try to be better. 
  • At, you know, being a HUMAN too. (sic).’

The actress revealed this is not the first time the ‘haters’ have insulted her and she admitted she is used to the spiteful remarks as she doesn’t consider their comments to be ‘original’.

After a one-tweet #DefendDACA interlude, she added: ‘And yes, for those asking. It’s literally EVERY GD second of EVERY GD day. So haters? You’re not even original. I’ve heard it all!’

And Sophia’s One Tree Hill co-star Hilarie Burton – who portrayed Peyton Sawyer in the series – has supported her colleague.  She replied to Sophia’s rant saying: ‘PREACH Sis!!!! You’re a GD diamond!’

The actress shot to fame portraying Brooke Davis in One Tree Hill from 2003 to 2012. The popular show followed the lives of high school students living in North Carolina.  One Tree Hill boasted a cast that included Bethany Joy Lenz, James Lafferty, Lee Norris, and it made its star Chad Michael Murray a household name.  Sophia’s gone on to star on Chicago Fire, Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., while Hilarie has appeared in Lethal Weapon, Extant, and Hostages.

The actress tied the knot with her screen love interest Chad Michael Murray, 32, in Santa Monica, California, in April 2005, announcing their separation just five months later. The former couple were granted a divorce in December 2006, with Sophia later saying: ‘It devastates me now that I have been reduced to a Hollywood statistic – another joke marriage.  I never expected to be married more than once… because I knew what I was getting into and will always believe in love.’

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U. of Miami offers DACA students $62K full scholarships

University of Miami (UM) is a private university of 16,848 students in 2015, and the 6th largest employer in Miami-Dade County. In 2017, U.S. News and World Report ranked UM as the 44th best national university in the United States.

Admission to UM is competitive and selective: In 2015, only 37.8% (or 12,625) of 33,416 undergraduate applicants were admitted. Incredibly, the average high school GPA of those admitted was 4.0, i.e., a perfect A grade; the median SAT score was 1300 (out of 1600).

Given the competitiveness of admissions, it is all the more outrageous that University of Miami is offering “Dreamers” — children who illegally entered the U.S. with their illegal alien parents — a full scholarship worth $62,000, as well as lower GPA and SAT standards.

Eduarto Neret reports for Campus Reform, Aug. 31, 2017, that University of Miami’s U Dreamers Program provides scholarships covering 100% of the “demonstrated financial need” of DACA students who reside in Florida, including tuition and fees, room and board, a meal plan, and student health insurance.

UM estimates that the total cost of attendance for an undergraduate student living on campus is slightly more than $66,000, of which at least $62,000 would be covered by the U Dreamers Program.

The Dreamer scholarship is “renewable for up to four academic years or such time [as is] required to complete the baccalaureate degree.”

DACA, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, is an unconstitutional Obama-era policy that protects from deportation illegal immigrants who were brought to the country as children, and also authorizes them to work in the United States.

To qualify for the renewable $62K Dreamers scholarship, one must:

  • Be a Dreamer or DACA.
  • Must have attended an accredited Florida high school or, in the case of transfer students, “a regionally accredited institution in the State of Florida” and “have completed or will soon complete 60 credit hours or more at the time of application.”
  • Freshmen must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.2 and an SAT score of at least 1100 (55th percentile) or ACT score of at least 21; transfer students must maintain a 3.5 college GPA.

The examples of UM students Andrea Cicilia and Natalie Telfeja make clear how discriminatory the university’s U Dreamers Program is against students who are U.S. citizens.

Cicilia told Campus Reform she wasn’t accepted to UM outright nor offered any scholarship money although she had a high school GPA higher than 3.2 and an ACT score of 25:

“It’s disappointing and unfair that UM would give full scholarships to DACA students, especially when they can qualify with a lower GPA and lower test scores than me. Would I qualify for a full scholarship as a citizen with a 3.2 GPA and 21 on the ACT? Probably not.”

Transfer student Natalie Telfeja, who entered UM with a 3.7 GPA, said:

“I consider myself lucky to have the partial scholarship that I have. It’s not fair that an undocumented student with a lower GPA could qualify for a full scholarship over someone like me. They are practically receiving preferential treatment for their immigration status.”

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~Eowyn